Taking your boxer dog for a walk helps keep your boxer and you healthy and active. Regular exercise with your dog will also strengthen the bond between the two of you. Boxers are a very high energy and social breed and, for some people, taking a boxer for a walk can be a tough task. Some people can even get overwhelmed and even frustrated as they struggle taking their boxer buddy out for an evening stroll as their dog pulls and tugs to smell that tree and say hello to that oncoming group of kids.
The best way to deal with this, is to enrol yourself and your boxer in a behaviour training course. These courses can be found in most cities and towns. However, if you haven’t had time to participate in one of these courses, here are 3 simple tips to consider in an effort to Avoid Stressful Boxer Dog Walks.
Time of Day
Instead of taking your dog for a walk when you get home from work, when there’s plenty of people, traffic and other distractions around at the same time, take him for a walk first thing in the morning. Morning tends to be the time most others are busy eating breakfast or getting ready for school and work. Less traffic means less stimulus to entice your boxer into the displaying those behaviours that you dread so much.
There’s also something magical about silently enjoying the sunrise between the two of you too.
Shorten Up on the Lead
Throw the long retractable leash away and get yourself a simple 6 or 7 foot leash. Shorten the amount of lead that you give your boxer buddy and make sure he can only stray a foot or so away from you. This will accomplish a few things:
- The shortened lead allows you more control than an extended lead would. If you sense your dog tensing up as that group of teenagers approach, you will be able to control much more easily, any pulling your dog may try in effort to go introduce himself to the group of teens.
- If your boxer buddy sees a rabbit, bird, cat or any other animal that causes it’s prey drive to kick in, if he makes the choice to chase, the force he can generate from a 1 foot lead is much less that what he will be able generate through a 6 foot or larger lead. This tip may just save you from a trip to the Emergency Room for a dislocated shoulder.
- Third, the shorter lead will typically generate a response in your dog whereby he will regularly look up to you, sniff your hand and/or look to you for guidance in some way. This is a good thing. This means that your dog is recognizing you as the pack leader and is looking to you for what your expectations are from him.
Take a Deep Breath & Enjoy
This really is the best thing you can do no matter what the history is with your dogs behaviour on walks, what time of day you decide to walk him or what the length of his lead is. Before beginning the walk, before you step outside, or even before you put the leash on your boxer buddy, take a deep breath in and relax!
Have you ever felt sad or upset and your boxer buddy just seems to know that somethings not quite right? He comes up and puts that moist nose in your lap with the nub tail slowly wagging in the background as he looks up at you with those big brown eyes as if to say, “I still love you!” They just seem to know, right?
Well, if you start your walk nervous, anxious or even scared while daydreaming about how bad it’s going to be, your dog will pick up on that nervous energy and it causes them to be nervous, anxious and maybe even scared. You will contribute to an outcome that you’re trying to avoid.
Just take a deep breath, relax and enjoy your next adventure with your favourite furry faced friend!
Above all else, remember, you got a boxer because their fun and energetic! You don’t ever want to forget that!!
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